Friday, November 22, 2013

PHARMACY FRIDAY - Tabasco for Pain Relief!

 I love it when I accidentally find great things out! Just before one of our first frosts, I went out and picked a bunch of my ripe Tabasco peppers to make some Pepper Vinegar with. A cold, rainy spell was coming our way, and, of course, arthritis was pulling at me hard! I kept thinking that I really needed to go in and take some pain medicine before my pain level got too high, but I was racing against the dark that was quickly falling, and I just didn't want to stop.

About halfway through, as I had accidentally mushed several Tabasco peppers in my fingers, I got to thinking that I really should have worn gloves. I became extra careful not to touch my pepper coated fingers to my eyes or face, determined that I was going to finish picking the ripe peppers before dark. As I finished up and started to head back to the house, it dawned on me that I was tasting Tabasco peppers (from absorbing into my hands, not from touching my face) and my pain level had greatly subsided.  Could it possibly be that it was from absorbing the Tabasco peppers into my hands?!

I since have done some deep researching and was pleasantly surprised to learn that  Tabasco peppers are great at relieving pain in several ways! Tabasco peppers are a type of Chili pepper and naturally contain Capsaicin, which is what makes hot peppers hot. It is also the component in Tabasco peppers that aids in reducing, and even numbing, pain. This works both topically and internally. You can make your own topical cream simply by stirring a little Tabasco sauce into your quality body lotion and applying it (keep away from eyes, mucus membranes, and other sensitive areas).

Besides regular pain relief, Tabasco pepper is said to relieve several types of headache pain and numb the pain of insect stings (when diluted and applied externally). This is all such great news! 

Pictured is a bottle of Pepper Vinegar I made last month with homegrown Tabasco peppers and Organic, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. I made it because I love it so much in my Brown Beans on cold winter evenings, but since Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is also supposed to aid in the relief of arthritis pain, I can hardly wait to try this throughout this winter and see if we can further drastically reduce the amount of pain meds we have to take! That, and it just looks so yummy I can't wait to eat it.

I already use a lot of Cayenne pepper for effective pain relief. Now it is good to know that yet another of my favorite 'staple' peppers will give me additional pain relief.  I hope my discovery and this information found here will help you, too.

Here are a few more great articles on the subject:

from Wise Geek

Interesting info from Boing Boing

 Pain Relief & Possible Cancer Protection

Make your own Pain Relieving Body Rub



  1. Anna, last night I made something resembling Spanish rice for supper. I used several fresh tabasco peppers from the one I bring in for winter. I was having quite a bit of pain in my foot, as I usually do by the end of the work day, but didn't really want to take a pain pill. A little while after eating, I noticed the pain had eased quite a bit. This morning, the pain was still almost gone, but I expected it back by lunch time. At lunch time, there was some pain but not as much as usual. Lunch was leftovers, and by the end of the day the pain is there, but not to the point of limping or needing meds, and I spent the day without the leftover fog of pain pills. So glad you stumbled onto this delicious remedy.

    1. Me, too! It is really showing some promise for both of us! I was having lots of arthritis pain the other day and was getting ready to take a pain pill. Decided to finish up making some more pepper vinegar, first, from the ones I had pulled up before it froze. By the time I got a full jar made (using bare hands to pick, clean and bottle them) I didn't need the pain pill any more!

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